BRAMPTON, ONT. — Representatives of French train car manufacturer Alstom, the City of Brampton and the Province of Ontario gathered in Brampton recently to formally announce the city as the site of Alstom’s new light rail vehicle (LRV) plant.
In May 2017, Ontario announced a contract with Alstom to provide 61 LRVs for LRT projects in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), with an option to acquire an additional 44 vehicles, a media statement said.
The contract, which is worth $528 million, will create between 100 and 120 full-time jobs at the new Alstom facility in Brampton. The plant is part of the plan to ensure that Metrolinx has the vehicles needed to open its LRT projects in the region on time, said the statement.
Since 2003, Ontario has spent about $16 billion on rapid transit projects in the GTHA, including $1.4 billion for the Hurontario LRT and $8.4 billion for rapid transit projects in the City of Toronto such as the Eglinton Crosstown LRT and the Finch West LRT.
Metrolinx had solicited Alstom to supply LRVs to replace vehicles that Bombardier had been unable to manufacture in time for Metrolinx projects. December media reports indicated Alstom had chosen Brampton for its new plant.